NGEE-Tropics Postdoc in Tropical Forest Canopy Structure and Dynamics – Smithsonian ForestGEO
The Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) and NGEE-Tropics invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in tropical forest canopy structure and dynamics. The canopies of tropical forests are highly dynamic both spatially and temporally, with important links to forest biomass dynamics and the atmospheric exchange of water, carbon and energy. New methods employing remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) are offering new insights into canopy dynamics processes, with important links to both plot-based and satellite-based methods for investigating a range of forest ecosystem process questions.
Candidates should hold a PhD in forest ecology or environmental science with experience directly relevant to the topics described above, strong written and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. Candidates should also have a strong analytical background, an established record of research, and scholarly publication in forest science. Research topics should include subjects related to the dynamics of tropical forests including comparative studies of growth, mortality, and biomass change, emphasizing comparative studies among forests.
The fellow will be based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, with some time spent working with scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California, USA.
NGEE-Tropics Postdoc in Tropical Forest Regeneration and Soil Nutrients – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments–Tropics, or NGEE-Tropics, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a multi-institutional research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER). NGEE-Tropics aims to fill the critical gaps in knowledge of tropical forest-climate system interactions, and has as its overarching goal the development of predictive understanding of how tropical forest carbon balance and climate system feedbacks will respond to changing environmental drivers over the 21st Century.
NGEE-Tropics invites outstanding early career scientists to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship in Tropical Forest Regeneration and Soil Nutrients. A key focus of the work is the study of process-level controls on forest regeneration trajectories following diverse disturbance types, including through nutrient availability and cycling.
This Postdoctoral Fellow will collect, synthesize and analyze data from across natural soil gradients, land use histories, and nutrient manipulation experiments to understand how nutrients and their interaction with other key factors influence forest functional composition and ecosystem processes through post-disturbance recovery of tropical forests. Results will inform development of vegetation demographic models and their representation of the abiotic and biotic interactions that influence local, regional and global water and biogeochemical cycles.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based in LBNL’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division and will spend time working in Puerto Rico. We seek a highly motivated and productive early-career scientist who would thrive in this dynamic environment.
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. ecology, forestry, geography, soil science). Candidates should also have experience in data processing and analysis; field research; a solid background in ecological, plant physiological, and biogeochemical theory; interest in the application and testing of state-of-the-art vegetation and land-surface models; record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals; and a desire to work within an integrated, multi-institution team whose activities span from field research to Earth system model development.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
To learn more, contact Sandy Chin, NGEE-Tropics Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education and Training Opportunities
DOE Office of Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program
To apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall Internship, check https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities.
Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.
Funding and Fellowships
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
Next application deadline: November 15, 2018, 5pm Eastern Time
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program provides supplemental awards for Ph.D. students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months.
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications. 2018 Solicitation #2 applications are due November 15, 2018, 5pm Eastern Time.
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.